Their music is unforgettable. Their name is legend. Delve into the lives and cinematic legacy of the prolific songwriting duo whose music has been featured in classic movies such as Mary Poppins (1964) and The Jungle Book (1967).


Gregory V. Sherman, Jeff Sherman (as Jeffrey C. Sherman)





Credited cast:
Richard M. Sherman ... Self
Robert B. Sherman ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Julie Andrews ... Self
Jim Dale ... Self
Roy Edward Disney ... Self (as Roy E. Disney)
Micky Dolenz ... Self
Karen Dotrice ... Self
Samuel Goldwyn Jr. ... Self
Bruce Gordon Bruce Gordon ... Self
Sheldon Harnick Sheldon Harnick ... Self
James Jensen James Jensen ... Self
Jeff Kurtti ... Self
John Landis ... Self
Angela Lansbury ... Self
John Lasseter ... Self


Their music is unforgettable. Their name is legend. The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story is an intimate journey through the lives of Robert and Richard Sherman, the astoundingly prolific Academy Award® winning songwriting team. While their songs, "A Spoonful Of Sugar (Mary Poppins)" and "I Want To Be Like You (Jungle Book)," to name a few, celebrated family entertainment and happy endings, their life together was not as harmonious. Go behind the scenes for a fascinating glimpse into how Walt Disney used the language of music to bring the brothers together, creating a cinematic legacy like no other.

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Brothers, Partners, Strangers



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements, smoking images and brief language

Did You Know?


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Robert B. Sherman: [talking about Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers] She was such a witch.
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Crazy Credits

A clip from Charles A. Lindbergh (1927) is shown during the credits. See more »


Features Snoopy Come Home (1972) See more »


(Anyone Can See With Half an Eye) I'm Crazy Over You
Written by Al Sherman and Al Lewis
Performed by Bing Crosby
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment
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Sugar Helped the Medicine Go Down: Sweetness Born of Pain
26 July 2019 | by kckidjoseph-1See all my reviews

"The Boys: The Sherman Brothers Story" is a terrific documentary produced by the sons of the famous composing team of Robert and Richard Sherman ("Mary Poppins," "The Jungle Book," "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang") about their fathers and their complex relationship.

Robert, for example, the older brother and "poet," who wrote so beautifully of sweetness and optimism, was in the very first group of GIs to liberate the Dachau concentration camp, which had a profound impact on him and his relationships, especially with his brother.

And how do these famous songs come about? When one of the composers' sons came home and said he had some sort of anti-polio treatment at school, the father assumed it was a shot and said, "That must have hurt." The son replied, no it was medicine he swallowed after they gave him a lump of sugar to take beforehand. Voila! The birth of the famous "Mary Poppins" tune, "A Spoonful of Sugar (Helps the Medicine Go Down)."

Fascinating stuff on so many levels, it will interest music aficionados, Disney fans, students of Hollywood history and even those who really know very little of these particular gentlemen.

Well worth your time.

And, Hollywood, if you're listening -- how about a movie telling their story? Terrific stuff.

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Release Date:

24 April 2009 (USA) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$14,632, 24 May 2009

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